The World of International Organizations

No school for 3.7 million refugee children

Lebanese teacher Nathalie Jaber helps a Syrian student at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan (AN/U.K. DFID)

More than half of the world’s 7.1 million school-age refugee children fail to receive a basic education due to lack of money, classrooms and teachers.

CITES tightens global wildlife trade rules

Giraffes in the savanna of southern Africa (AN/Andréas L.P. Astier)

Delegates to a treaty for protecting endangered plants and animals ended a major summit after revising international trade rules for dozens of species.

G-7 allies in turmoil over trade and climate

G-7 leaders meet over dinner at the lighthouse in Biarritz, France (AN/Shealah Craighead)

G-7 leaders ended a summit with little progress in resolving tensions over U.S. policies, a troubled world economy, the climate crisis and Iran’s nuclear deal.

WHO urges more study of microplastics

An old plastic mug floats in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Belize (AN/Heath Alseike)

Tiny plastic particles are “everywhere” in nature, including drinking water, requiring further study despite no proof yet of a threat to human health, WHO said.

Europeans probe Facebook cryptocurrency

A photo illustration of Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency (AN/Christoph Scholz)

The E.C. opened an antitrust investigation into “potential anti-competitive behavior” related to Facebook’s Libra Association for its cryptocurrency project.

World leaders urged to adopt ocean treaty

Plastic debris washed ashore from the Pacific Ocean (AN/Kevin Krejci)

The U.N. leaned on star power in a renewed push for a legally binding global treaty in 2020 to promote conservation and sustainable uses of high seas.

New accord to protect defenders of nature

A march for the environment and climate action in Melbourne, Australia (AN/John Englart)

Two U.N. agencies adopted a new agreement to increase protections for environmental advocates and their families at risk of retaliation and violence.

UNSC takes up Kashmir after half-century

Indian Army troops in Pahalgam, among the Indian-administered portions of Jammu and Kashmi (AN/Bombman)

The U.N. Security Council met to formally discuss Jammu and Kashmir for the first time in almost a half-century, as protests and clashes intensified.

Winnie Byanyima named to lead UNAIDS

Winnie Byanyima, the new executive director of UNAIDS (AN/OXFAM International)

Winnie Byanyima, a humanitarian activist who heads Oxfam International, was appointed to serve as executive director of UNAIDS.

Geneva Conventions at 70 are a call to duty

Statues of refugees outside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

International observers marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions examining their relevance and limits — and ways to boost enforcement.